Early Years Funding

2 Year Old Funding - 15 hours - As from 1st April 2024

The Governement is now providing more childcare for working families.

Funded Hours for 2 year olds for 15 hours p/w for 38 weeks a year


(from 1 January, 1 April or 1 September following your child’s 2nd birthday)

Funding for 2 year olds:

  • available now: 15 hours a week for disadvantaged 2-year-olds
  • from April 2024: 15 hours a week for working families
  • from September 2025: 30 hours a week for working families

To apply for free childcare hours for your 2 year old – You will need a current email address.

First register and then apply via the online application form at:

For more information about 2 year old childcare education, visit:

3 & 4 Year Old Funding - 15 Hours

Funded Hours for 3 & 4 year olds for 15 hours p/w for 38 weeks a year
(From 1 January, 1 April or 1 September following your child’s 3rd birthday)

For ALL children, once your child is 3 years old until they go to school.

All families remain eligible for the 15 hours per week regardless eligibility for the 30 hours offer.

For more information about 3 & 4 year old 15 hours funding, visit:

3 & 4 Year Old Funding 30 Hours

Funded Hours for 3 & 4 year olds for 30 hours p/w for 38 weeks a year
(From 1 January, 1 April or 1 September following your child’s 3rd birthday)

All information 30 hours funding can be found here 

You can get 30 hours of free childcare per week for 38 weeks of the year (term-time)

Eligibility

Your eligibility depends on:

You can get 30 hours free childcare at the same time as claiming Universal Credit, tax credits, childcare vouchers or Tax-Free Childcare.

If you are not currently working

You may still be eligible if your partner is working, and you get Incapacity Benefit, Severe Disablement Allowance, Carer’s Allowance or contribution-based Employment and Support Allowance.

You can apply if you’re starting or re-starting work within the next 31 days.

Your income

You’ll need to expect to earn a certain amount over the next 3 months. This is at least the National Minimum Wage or Living Wage for 16 hours a week on average.

If you have a partner, they’ll need to expect to earn at least this much too.

Please see the government guidance for more information if you are self-employed.

Your immigration status

To be eligible for 30 hours free childcare, you (or your partner if you have one) must have a National Insurance number and at least one of the following:

When to apply

You can apply from when your child is 2 years and 36 weeks old.

When you child turns 3 When they can get 30 hours from Recommended time to apply
1 September to 31 December
Term starting on or after 1 January
15 October to 30 November
1 January to 31 March
Term starting on or after 1 April
15 January to 28 February
1 April to 31 August
Term starting on or after 1 September
15 June to 31 July

You can apply outside of these recommended dates but you might not receive your code in time. You must have a valid code by the end of the month before a new term starts.

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